Bartleby's Books staff weighs in
The following are staff picks from Bartleby's Books in Wilmington:
Betty's Pick: Fiction
"When All is Said" by Anne Griffin
A beautifully written book, thoughtful, poignant and tender. The story of one Irishman sitting in a bar, toasting to the five most important people in his life. Although the book takes place in one night, it is a lifetime that is revealed. With that the reader becomes more and more enamored with 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He has stayed with me long after the book ended. It is a treasure!
Betty's Pick: Fiction
"The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides
For those that would like a well-written psychological thriller, this is it. Michaelides pulls you right in and keeps you engaged. Alicia Berenson is a famous painter who one night shoots her husband Gabriel five times and then never speaks again. Prices for her art skyrocket as she is held in a secure forensic unit because of her notoriety. A criminal psychotherapist begins to work with her in order to unravel the mystery. It is both intense and chilling as the plot twists and turns. Just when you think you've got it ... you don't!!
Ana's Pick: Memoir
"Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls" by T. Kira Madden
Raised with both privilege and glaring uncertainties born of neglect, Madden traces the course of a tumultuous childhood growing up with her Hawaiian/Chinese mother, and Jewish father (part of the Madden shoe empire) in Florida and New York. What raises her memoir above the standard ranks of another tell-all from the world of monied advantage is Madden's unique use of language, and unflinching willingness to explore difficult personal truths. She has a voice that is worth hearing and being aware of for the future.
Ana's Pick: Fiction
"Ohio" by Stephen Markley
A novel about the plight of young people in Middle America as they make their way through the upheavals in the first part of this century. Markley explores the limits of friendship, the bonds that bind enemies, and all the blurred lines in between. He brings insight to our familiar American experiences in this gripping read.
Lisa's Pick: Fiction
"Soon the Light Will Be Perfect" by Dave Patterson
A twelve-year-old boy's Vermont summer isn't quite the idyllic scene you might imagine. His family has moved out of the trailer park, but poverty is still looming as his father's job at a weapons manufacturer is tenuous. As his mother battles cancer, he both clings to and disregards his family's very strict Catholic beliefs. He and his 15 year old brother are mostly left to themselves for the summer while his mother is ill and his father working. A beautifully written coming-of-age story that gives voice to rural poverty. This is Patterson's debut novel.
Lisa's Pick: Essays
"Southern Lady Code" by Helen Ellis
The author of "American Housewife" has returned with a hysterical collection of essays. Ellis, a Southern girl, has been living in New York City for over twenty years. She believes that if you "don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." This collection covers everything from marijuana to marriage, fashion to food, always with an eye towards Southern manners. Like your best girlfriend telling you stories, if she were brilliant and hilarious.
Maria's Pick: Fiction
"City of Girls" by Elizabeth Gilbert
This love letter to New York City follows Vivian Morris, a wealthy college dropout (more like asked to not return), on her journey to becoming a seamstress with her aunt's theater company. She is having the time of her life coming of age in the city but makes some critical errors. Set pre-World War II, she can afford to be carefree, but it can't last forever. This is a perfect summer read for historical fiction fans. Gilbert doesn't disappoint!
Maria's Pick: Fiction
"Waiting for Tom Hanks" by Kerry Winfrey
Could there be a more perfect man than Tom Hanks? Aspiring screenwriter Annie's career is going nowhere while living in her deceased mother's home with her uncle, working with her best friend at the coffee shop, and going on fruitless dates with men who will never be even close to being Tom Hanks.
When a movie starts filming in their Ohio city, Annie gets a job as an assistant to the director and clashes with the film's star Drew Danforth. But is he really just a cocky prankster or is there more to Drew than he lets on. A light, funny, sweet story for anyone who misses Nora Ephron's genius storytelling.
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